J.G. Ballard was born to English parents on this day in Shanghai, 1930. As an author he changed the face of science fiction forever. His childhood in China influenced his work, Empire of the Sun, and his controversial novel Crash was made into a movie by David Cronenberg – not the one about racism in LA, but the one about people getting it on after car accidents with James Spader.
Anni-Frid Lyngstad was born on this day in Norway, 1945. Although “Frida” is a bona fide Countess, she is better known for being one of the four members of the Swedish sensation, ABBA. This princess will go down in history for singing “Dancing Queen” along with many other tunes that are familiar to those of us with no shame.